Australian Painted Snipe


When I first heard about the sighting of the Australian Painted Snipe, I was excited at the opportunity to observe and photograph this rarely sighted species. This photo was the result of many visits and many hours sitting and waiting for the bird to come out from the vegetation.

Edithvale Wetlands, Victoria

Nikon D200, 300mm f2.8 + 1.4 teleconverter, 1/500, f5.6, ISO 400

Status: The Australian Painted Snipe inhabits shallow freshwater wetlands, vegetated ephemeral and permanent lakes and swamps, and inundated grasslands. It is listed as Vulnerable.

by Nicole Brooker, Victoria